|Braciole Napoletane al Sugo (Beef Rolls the Neapolitan Way)|
We had decided to try the Beef Rolls (the Neapolitan way). See the link for Lucia's recipe but I will attempt to talk you through how we did it.
These were then sealed in a hot pan with good olive oil - done in batches as it was less stressful
We were very hungry as it was Sunday dinner so we served this with some gluten-free spaghetti and a side portion of warm Caponata. For the Caponata we went back to the brilliant Jamie's Italy. We cooked his Caponata as per the recipe except instead of herb vinegar we used red wine vinegar from Kenyon Hall Farm.
For this you will need:
2 Aubergines (large chunks)
1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
Salt and Pepper
1 Small Red Onion
2 Cloves Garlic
Small Bunch Flat Leaf parsley - separated and chopped
2 Tablespoons of drained and rinsed salted capers
Handful Green Olives - stones removed
3 Tablespoons of Herb Vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
5 Large Ripe Tomatoes
This is a very easy stew cooked in stages and simmered for 20 mins - half an hour. Jamie recommended less oil and less cooking time then we prefer so we kept Olive Oil on hand to keep the dish moist as we went along. We were trying to get a consistency similar to that which we had in Carluccio's recently which was completely cooked down and shimmering in oil. We made quite a lot so some is in the fridge to eat as a cold antipasto later in the week.
When the vinegar has evaporated add the chopped tomatoes, season and cook for about half an hour or to the consistency you prefer
This was a great meal, rather filling and very satisfying for what should be the best meal of the week in my opinion. During this time Fran also made another Fritata so it was quite an epic hour or so for the more relaxed cooks among us!!
Beef Rolls: First of all, thank you to Lucia for providing such a great recipe. I must admit we were intrigued by the simplicity of the tomato sauce but perhaps the beauty of the dish is that the meat is flavoured rather than the sauce making it an altogether more subtle dish. There are a couple of things to bear in mind - which we will think about next time we try this dish - and that is to think about the quality of the meat. In hindsight we wished we had bought better meat from the butcher as the steak we used became a little tough in the cooking process. Or maybe we should have tenderised it a little with a hammer before cooking. Lucia - perhaps you can let me know what cut you used?
Also, as Lucia quite rightly pointed out - the Parsley is very important. We probably didn't put enough in (and we were warned) as were were saving some for the Caponata. This may have been to the detriment of the flavours and we will learn from our mistakes. To summarise though: a great recipe with fantastic flavours - just make sure you use a good quality meat and plenty of Parsley (as Lucia suggests)!
The Caponata was great too. It needed cooking longer than the recipe says in our opinion and make sure the capers are well rinsed as although it was ok on acidity any more vinegar would have taken it a bit too far I felt.